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**Fri 21 Apr 17**
BRI SAYS...
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Shocked and stunned (in a good way!) that our British tour has immediately sold out (though I hear there are a couple of tickets left in Newcastle !) Thanks, Folks, for a wonderful response. To celebrate - and offer a few more chances to see us before Christmas - we're adding one final extra show in Birmingham. OK, we have about 5 months to practise and develop our new show in the USA and Europe. By the time we get back home we should be quite good !

Cheers

Bri

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Thu 13 Apr 17**
RADIO, HEDGEHOGS, AZALEAS AND RHODODENDRONS
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Kerry, Jo Good and Bri - BBC Radio London


Thanks lovely Jo Good ! BBC Radio London for a great chat. Hear it here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011nd8m

Kerry, Bri and jamie Crick, Encore Radio

At Encore Radio. Thanks Jamie Crick - also check out Kerry Ellis's own show on www.encoreradio.co.uk/presenters/kerry-ellis.php

 

Anne Brummer and fox cubs


We have a date with these adorable little rescuee cubs on Sunday at Save-Me headquarters. And many hedgehogs !

HAPPY EASTER, Folks !

 

Yellow azalea

Azalea - a joy to the eye. But Oh ! The perfume !!! Uncapturable !

Yelllow Azalea stereo


And in Stereo.

These lovely perfumed deciduous Azaleas grow almost like weeds where I live. For just a few short moments in Spring they magically sweeten the air we breathe.

White RhododendronRhododendron Rhapsody.

Bri

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**Wed 12 Apr 17**
ROSES ARE RED, BLUEBELLS ARE BLUE ...
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Roses are red, bluebells are blue ...

Bluebells stereo

 

Except when they're WHITE.

White Bluebells stereo

 

And sometimes pink toooo.

Pink Bluebells stereo

 

OWL VR Kit


Alfie Boe and Kathryn Jenkins romance in probably the greatest musical score since Tchaikovsky - Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL. See it in the next 5 weeks at the London Coliseum. YES !! It includes the exquisite song "IF I LOVED YOU" ! - A daring new arrangement of which you can find on our album GOLDEN DAYS - exquisitely sung by Kerry Ellis.

Alfie Boe and Kathryn Jenkins

Bri

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**Wed 11 Apr 17**
I LIKED THIS !
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I liked this ! A bit of spontaneousness that came out OK !

MUSIC RADAR
10 April 2017
Brian May's Top 5 Tips for Guitarists

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Hey Astro-Geeks ! (like me) Look ! Check out this game -designed by the OSIRIS REX team - HERE

Constellations game

 

Photobomb moment ! Our complete band for the debut of 'Roll With You' LIVE on Radio 2.

Photobomb Brian, Kerry and Band with Michael Ball

Bri

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**Tue 11 Apr 17**
WANNA GET SERIOUSLY INTO PHOTOGAPHY ?

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Brian talks to DMU about passion for photography

Wanna get SERIOUSLY into photography ? LOOK ! This is a great opportunity. Think about it.

PHRC De Montfort:
The Photographic History MA Programme now accepts applications for 2017/18
http://bit.ly/2oRebw5

Hi Folks

I’m just gonna talk to you people at DMU and around DMU about why we crazy people love photography so much.

I’m just about to publish this book, which is “Queen in 3-D”, a collection of stereoscopic pictures, which I took over the last 40 years, at least and people who’ve seen this say “My God we feel like we’re there. We feel like we can experience this history with you”, and of course that’s what photography is about. So much of photography is about capturing the moment. There’s more to it than that, but for many of us, we capture those moments when our kids are first born, when they first take their steps. We capture our parents who are long gone now, perhaps. You know, we find a picture that may be faded but still shows our Mum or Dad the way we remember them.

And photography is a way of capturing moments but also because there’s so much you can say through a photograph.

So those of us who treasure these things still, and they still exist in the digital domain as well as the analog, think it’s worth taking time to pause and learn how to actually take photographs. I was going to say “stereo photographs” because that’s my passion, but all kinds of photographs, all kinds of representations of life as it is around us.

Photography for me is for the eyes what music is to the ears. It’s something to be treasured and studied and enjoyed, and put somewhere safe so that we have it all through our lives and can pass it onto our children.

That’s why we love photography.

Bri


BRIAN MAY | PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY MA | De Montfort University
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Dr Brian May, friend of the Photographic History MA programme at De Montfort University, discusses
his passion for photographic history following the publication of his new book "Queen in 3D".

PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY MA
Please visit Photographic History MA to find out more about your course of interest: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/photographichistory

POSTGRADUATE OPEN EVENTS
The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of the postgraduate open evenings or events that take place all year round: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/pgopendays

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**Sun 09 Apr 17**
OLIVIER AWARDS
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Olivier Awards

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**Sun 09 Apr 17**
THANKS MR BALL
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Thanks Mr Ball and co !

Did we rock ? Or what ?! Kerry Ellis, Michael Ball --- thanks all !!!

Bri

Bri, Kerry and band - Michael Ball Show
Quick Soundcheck

Kerry Ellis: "Thanks for having us Michael Ball, Radio 2 - so much fun."

Kerry - close up

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**Sat 08 Apr 17**
VIVA THE HEDGEHOG ! FILMING HEDGEHOGS
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Viva the Hedgehog ! Great day with the great Steve Backshall filming our hedgehog pals !

Bri and Steve Backshall

Great pic of one of our star Hedgehogs by @jacko_cam - great working with these guys on "Meet The Hedgehogs" - to be aired on Channel 5 on 4th May at 8pm.

hedgehog star

So happy to be filming hedgehogs with the brilliant Steve Backshall for Athena Films, Channel 5 TV.

This is Claude ! - one of our best actors !

Claude hedgehog

A spikey pal.

Prickly friend

Bri

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**Fri 07 Apr 17**
THE SETTING SUN - THE MOON TONIGHT !
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Sunset

The setting Sun even imparts beauty to the forest of cranes that is 21st century London. My feeling is : Never pass up a good sunset - we only get offered a limited number of them in our lives.

Sunset from my Roof. For viewing using an OWL stereoscope - or freeviewing - or ... other.

Sunset and cranes stereo

 

The Moon 7 April

The MOON TONIGHT ! They call it a Gibbous Moon - gibbous meaning any phase between half illuminated (which astronomers confusingly call 'First Quarter') and full moon. This is a Waxing Gibbous Moon - the waxing part meaning getting 'bigger' - or more illuminated - day by day. Notice the best detail is near the border between light and dark - the Terminator line. The rest of the moon's bright area is very flatly illuminated.

Happy weekend, folks !

Bri

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**Fri 07 Apr 17**
GOLDEN DAYS
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Good Morning Britain !

Bri

Brian May & Kerry Ellis "Good Morning Britain" 7 April 2017
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Bri & Kerry GMB pre-show

Kerry GMB pre-show

Kerry, Brian, Ranjiv Singh, Ben Shephard

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**Fri 07 Apr 17**
HEDGEHOG DAY
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Saturday 29th [April] is Hedgehog Day in Windlesham ! Our aim: officially to become the first completely hedgehog friendly village in Britain. The Hogs need us, folks ! Come down !

This chap is one of 130 little lost hogs rescued at Save-Me in the past year. Photo by chief guardian angel Anne Brummer.

Hedgehog

Bri

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**Fri 07 Apr 17**
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR DAD
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Harold May
Harold May

Happy Birthday Dear Dad.

Bri

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**Thu 06 Apr 17**
IN REHEARSAL TODAY
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Rehearsing for Michael Ball Show

In rehearsal today - for our one-off adventure with Mr Michael Ball on Sunday. That's Dave Colquhoun - a great pal of mine and major guitarist - plays with that genius Rick Wakeman. Photo by Kerry Ellis who will be singing a bit !

Bri

Bri with Golden Days

Golden Days - relese 7 April

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**Wed 05 Apr 17**
UNBOXING GOLDEN DAYS

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Hi Folks

When you work for a long time on a project and you put a lot of work in and a lot of the maximum creativity you can summon and a lot of belief and everything, and maybe the project can last years, there comes a point when it’s done and you sit back and you can see the result. Well this is a moment for me that I wanted to share with you.

Unboxing Golden Days

About two years, or a little more, we were working on this album, which is now called “Golden Days”. It wasn’t called “Golden Days” in the beginning. It was going to be called “Anthems 2”, but we finished this just before Christmas actually, and there was a lot of processing. There’s dealing with the artwork for the cover and a booklet and everything - mastering the disc, but finally we have it and this is the moment where I first hold it in my hand, which is great. You know you never, I find, I never get over that excitement and I'm immensely proud of this, which I've worked on with Kerry for a very long time. We've been collaborating for close to 13 years, I think.

So this is the moment I would like to share with you, where I can actually unwrap this disc - and here we have "Golden Days". I should've got the scissors after all. Very tough these coverings - there we go. Here we go coming up here. Just bear with me a minute, okay.

Taking off the wrapper

(Whistles) Here we are - "Golden Days" the CD by me and Kerry Ellis, and it follows the "Anthems" album, which I produced for Kerry, but this is very much the two of us as you'll hear two voices in a sense and opening it up here we are. Here we have our little orb, which is repeated from the front cover. If anyone's interested in where this orb and this lighting design came from, have a look at a man called Georges de la Tour from many many centuries ago. Maybe you can see him here. This is his kind of way of depicting things where the energy and the light comes from and so the golden days, the golden liquid sunlight is coming from here and hopefully we are capturing it.

Checking unboxed CD

CD has everything on it, of course. I don't think many people buy these these days but we seem to have shipped quite a lot out which is great, and obviously you can download it as well, but there's nothing quite like holding this thing in your hand, it seems to me. Maybe I'm old-fashioned.

The CD

"Golden Days" is out two days from now - my Dad's birthday, 7th of April, so here we are, folks. "Golden Days" and it's 2017, I believe. Golden days indeed.

The unboxed CD

Bri


Brian May & Kerry Ellis - Golden Days - Bri's Unboxing - https://youtu.be/4acEOUD-kQw

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**Wed 05 Apr 17**
REHEARSING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS !
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Bri and Kerry rehearsing for Michael Ball Show

Rehearsing is a serious business !

Watch out (listen out) for risky fun and games on the Michael Ball show this coming Sunday morning ! Radio 2 + Kerry Ellis.

Bri

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**Tue 04 Apr 17**
SPEAKING TO BRITAIN
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Speaking to Britain ! Bri and Kerry Ellis on Regional RADIO !!! Hurrah ! [Note: Recordings and Live Radio today]

Speaking to Britain

 

On the trail !

4 images Golden Days

Finally ! The actual CD !

Golden Days CD

Bri

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**Mon 03 Apr 17**
LOOK ! CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE 'ROLL WITH YOU' PREMIERE
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LOOK ! Classic Rock Magazine premieres B M and Kerry Ellis’ video for “Roll With You” - watch it now:

HERE

Bri and Kerry

Kerry Ellis - Roll With You

Bri

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**Mon 03 Apr 17**
'ROLL WITH YOU' PREVIEW !
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Brian and Kerry - Roll With You video


ROLL WITH YOU - leader track from our GOLDEN DAYS album previewed exclusively on Classic Rock from 10 am TODAY !

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Look ! This is what I missed tonight !The ISS passes close to the Moon – Astronomy Now - very cool video !

ASTRONOMYNOW.COM
The International Space Station appears to pass close to the Moon
2 April 2017

Bri

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**Sun 02 Apr 17**
AT THE RISK OF GETTING REPETITIVE
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Moon waxing fuller day 5

OK - at the risk of getting repetitive ... here she is, the Queen of the Night, waxing to a fuller yet still elegant figure on day 5.

Somehow the fascination never leaves me.

Cheers all
Bri

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**Sat 01 Apr 17**
AMATEUR ASTRONOMY ROCKS !!
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Moon at sunset

Amateur Astronomy rocks !!

On my roof right now. Just an iPhone 7 held up against the eyepiece of my Dobsonian scope - but just as the sun sets, the sky is still bright, and there's not too much contrast. So you can get lucky. How lucky are we to have a good-looking Moon ! To inspire shepherds, lovers and poets. Ah - and lots of Moon in June songwriters.

Waxing cresent moon

Closing in on a pretty Moon. A waxing crescent just 4 days old. At top, the Sea of Crises - Mare Crisium.

Well, my Dears, I've had a few ...

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And here's a different kind of sphere. Maybe our magic crystal globe will bring us good fortune.…

Golden Days

And....

Introducing BTB Symposium

Me introducing the bovine TB Symposium a few days ago at Imperial College. [28 March 2017]

Thrilled that all participated with open hearts and minds. And thrilled that there are already some results in terms of understanding. I believe we all took a step forward.

Happy Weekend, folks.

Bri

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